In a move that’s being described as chasing “the whims of political correctness,” the Disney Channel reportedly will feature a “married” lesbian couple on a popular kids sitcom in the coming season.
“It’s a disappointment to millions of Americans that Disney would choose to become a groundbreaker in immorality,” commented Movieguide, the organization headed by Christian media critic Ted Baehr. “New concepts of morality have had a very negative impact on marriage, families, and children.”
Movieguide said that instead of “becoming a leader in political correctness, we encourage Disney to hold on to their title as the leader in good, fun and wholesome.”
TV Guide reports the lesbian characters will appear on an episode of “Good Luck Charlie.”
The series, which debuted in 2010, will be canceled after the current fourth season. New episodes, however, will be rolling out through early 2014.
“Good Luck Charlie” stars Bridgit Mendler as Teddy, the second oldest sibling of the Denver-based Duncan family. Jason Dolley plays her older brother P.J., Bradley Steven Perry her younger brother Gabe, Mia Talerico the titular toddler Charlie (short for Charlotte), Logan Moreau is new baby brother Toby and Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer play their parents Amy and Bob.
In the lesbian storyline, preschooler Charlie’s parents set up a play date with one of her new friends. When the child arrives, the Duncans learn that Charlie’s pal has two moms.
“The potential new friendship is put to the test as one mom chats with Amy, and the other is stuck listening to Bob’s dull stories,” reported TV Guide.
“Disney Channel understands the groundbreaking nature of featuring a same-sex couple on one of its sitcoms and took extra care in crafting the episode,” TV Guide added.
It quoted a channel spokesman: “This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisers.”
One-time Disney child star Miley Cyrus, who starred in the “Hannah Montana” franchise and since has been advocating same-sex marriage, tweeted, “I commend Disney for making this step in the light of this generation.”
According to the Christian Post, Ross Murray, spokesman for the homosexual-advocacy organization GLAAD, said the show “really isn’t that different than what kids encounter on a day-to-day basis.”
“GLAAD didn’t create or promote the storyline for the show, but we are thankful that Disney wishes to include all families in their programming,” Murray told the Post.
However, Alison Howard of Concerned Women for America said parents and viewers should contact Disney and their cable provider if they object.
“In the same way the Boy Scouts had a ‘no-sex’ policy before advocates sought to indoctrinate youth, Disney should be leaving sex out of its programming for young audiences,” Howard told CP. “This is reflective of the dissolution of marriage and the traditional family unit that we know is best for kids. Disney is clearly looking to gauge public reaction so we should see this as an opportunity for those who disagree with exposing children to same-sex behavior to give Disney and their cable provider feedback.”
Movieguide added that remaining the leader in “good, fun and wholesome” also is good for business.
“The research shows time and again that movies and programs that have moral content (though some considered old fashioned) actually make MORE money at the box office and on television than their more raunchier and political correct competition,” the commentary said. “That’s because most people want the kind of programs that Disney has become legendary in creating.
“We hope Disney realizes the legacy and, yes, the obligation, that they have to the millions of parents around the world that want Disney to simply be Disney. We will know the future of Disney by whether they elect to air this episode on the Disney Channel or whether they choose to stand with millions who look to Disney to give us the good, the fun and the wholesome.
“We strongly encourage Disney to not chase the whims of political correctness and instead to simply ‘Be Disney,'” Movieguide said.